Older Americans Month recognizes the contributions of older adults across the nation. While raising families and building careers, older Americans also gave back to their communities in a variety of ways. In their lifetime, times have changed, and they continue to volunteer and serve their neighborhoods in their own ways. Whether they mentored children, volunteered at a soup kitchen, or served their country, each one deserves recognition for their commitment.
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. This year, ACL’s theme is “Age My Way.” Learn how the ACL is embracing Older Americans Month.
Here at Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL), we celebrate and honor older adults and all their contributions every day. Through PSL’s Thrive Wellness program, PSL promotes a culture of wellness and purposeful living to empower all individuals to live their best lives. Embracing six dimensions of wellness, which are: Vocational, Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual and Emotional; residents living in PSL communities engage themselves daily, making decisions and choices which are best for them along their journey.
PSL also honors residents aging their way through our fundamental culture and values.
Mutual Respect – Listening to the voices of the residents gives an opportunity to hear and understand different and sometimes competing perspectives. Championing individual choice is the cornerstone of how each resident can “Age My Way.”
Connectedness – Through the multiple resident programs and services; there is an organic connection to each other and the communities in which they live. This connectedness is demonstrated through the collective power of teamwork and volunteerism, within their individual communities and within the communities at large. Residents are involved in advocacy groups and causes that they are passionate about and PSL supports their involvement.
Trust – Residents trust that PSL, through our interactions, accountability and being good stewards of all resources, will help them to thrive and age the way they would like at every stage of life.
Creative Curiosity – Residents are a source of helping PSL “discover what’s possible.” As technology is utilized to enhance the resident experience, resident community Technology Committees have been formed to support each other and ask the “what if” questions regarding what is possible.
PSL believes that diverse communities are strong communities. Ensuring that older adults remain involved and included in our communities for as long as possible benefits everyone. It is PSL’s partnership with our residents that brings diversity to our programs and community engagement and offers all residents an opportunity to “Age My Way.”
“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
About LaJeune Adams
PSL’s Cultures and Values give assurance of our organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, through ensuring that all stakeholders feel that they belong. By lifting up voices and people, we will create an organization where all stakeholders feel that they are of value. As part of this commitment PSL formed Culture Champions within each community and location within the organization. Culture Champions are PSL representatives empowered with leading the movement of living and teaching our values while embracing DEI initiatives and encouraging others to do the same. As the Corporate Director of Education and Development and DEI Officer, LaJeune Adams is one of the PSL leaders that supports and works directly with the Culture Champions. LaJeune has worked with Presbyterian Senior Living for over 16 years in the roles of Human Resources Manager and Area Human Resources Director prior to her current role.